Wednesday, September 23

Concentrating on the league

Bolton 3 West Ham 1 (after extra time) Carling Cup

Oh well. At least we don't mind getting banned from the Carling Cup now as we've done it ourselves. Their defender made a hash of Diamanti's corner for Ilunga to sneak in and tap home, but it's a worry that another goal was conceeded from a set piece for their late headed equalizer.

We took it to extra time, Diamanti hit the bar and it was good to see Bondz N'Gala make his debut. Cahill's goal was unstoppable and apparently we missed several chances.

We might have known Elmander would score the third. It's a football law that any player or team on a terrible run is certain to end it against West Ham. It was his first goal in 23 games and his first this year. We resurrected Nick Barmby's career after he scored a hat-trick against us and we've probably saved Elmander's season too.

Now for that FA Cup trail to glory...

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